I was not always thankful for youth sports as my kids grew up. It required hours and hours of my time, drained my wallet and bank account, and sometimes just plain wore me out.
But today, my kids are 27,30, and 33 and I am so very thankful for the many years they played youth sports because now I know the real reasons why those years were so valuable in their lives.
My kids learned a healthy lifestyle
All three of them are involved in Crossfit today and are pursuing a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise. That desire to stay fit was born and nurtured in them as they grew up playing sports. Fitness just became a part of who they are now today as adults, a lifestyle that will give them a happier and healthier life.
My kids learned to not give up
In sports, that meant working hard to make a team or to get playing time. Today, it means pursuing a job that they want or sticking with one that is not always easy. It means going after their dreams and desires even when the road is rough.
If my kids had not learned to persist, they would have missed out on the many opportunities for adventure, love, and growth that life has brought them.